Toenail Problems FAQs
Q) Why is my toenail a different color?
A) If you run a lot or have bumped your toe and see purple, there is a chance you have bruised your toenail—in this case the discoloration is from the blood pooling under the nail. If you see a small yellow or white spot or a large area of discolored toenail, it is most likely due to a fungal infection. This toenail problem is very common and develops after fungus takes hold underneath your toenail and starts to grow. Nail discoloration is a prime symptom for this problem as well as thickening or crumbling of the toenail.
An infection such as this can be resistant to treatment and take a long time before it is fully resolved, so we encourage you to take action at the first sign of any amount of discoloration. Contact Dr. Tejas Pandya at (518) 273-0053 for diagnosis and treatment of any injury or infection in your toes.
Q) How can I avoid toenail fungus?
A) Toenail fungus is a very common foot problem that can be unsightly and difficult to get rid of, particularly if you let it go too long without treatment. Prevention of a toenail fungal infection includes keeping your feet clean and dry, and your toenails trimmed and clean as well. When wearing socks, make sure they are made of a synthetic material that will wick away moisture. Rotate your footwear if your feet tend to sweat a lot, to let each pair dry thoroughly. Also, use an anti-fungal spray or powder in your shoes and avoid going barefoot in public places such as pools, locker rooms, and showers. Any minor injury or opening in the skin is vulnerable to infection, so avoid trimming the skin around your nails. If you frequent a pedicure salon, ensure that the instruments used and foot baths are completely sterilized. If you have one infected nail, wash your hands after touching it, as a fungal infection can spread from nail to nail.
For effective treatment of this type of infection, contact Capital District Podiatry for an appointment with Dr. Tejas Pandya. Call our Troy, NY office at (518) 273-0053.